Just as the reverberations from the Sony hacking attack are being felt throughout Hollywood, USA Network announced it has ordered a hacker drama to series, E! News reports.
The project — currently titled “Mr. Robot,” although the title may change — received an order for 10 episodes.
“The ‘intense’ hacker drama is set in New York City and will star Christian Slater and ’24’s’ Rami Malek,” the report notes.
In a statement, USA Network President Chris McCumber said: “‘Mr. Robot’ could not be more timely and relevant. The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more. Rami gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast as ‘Mr. Robot.'”
Malek plays a young programmer caught between the cybersecurity firm that employs him and underground groups that want him to help bring down corporate America, the report adds. Slater plays the mysterious anarchist Mr. Robot.